Etobicoke General’s Extraordinary Expansion
The bright, airy new patient tower, from the lower level looking up into the atrium
When you walk across the threshold of a new home, you can’t help but feel excited and optimistic for the future. Home is a place where you feel safe and secure, build hopes and dreams, and make lasting memories.
At Osler, we feel much the same way about the new facilities at Etobicoke General Hospital. The opening of the 200,000 square-foot Etobicoke Wellness Centre (EWC) in August 2018 was about so much more than additional space. It was about providing staff, physicians and other health care professionals with bright, modern spaces that support the delivery of high-quality, safe patient care.
“This is the first exciting step in the transformation of patient spaces at Etobicoke General Hospital,” says Dr. Naveed Mohammad, Executive Vice President, Quality, Medical and Academic Affairs. “Whether you’re a patient, physician or health care professional, there’s something incredibly uplifting about walking into treatment areas that were designed with all the needs of today’s patients and staff in mind.”
The EWC boasts doctors’ offices, clinics and many of Etobicoke General’s outpatient and support services including a larger fracture clinic, some diagnostic imaging services (bone mineral density, x-ray, ultrasound), a pre-anaesthesia clinic, and a diabetes education centre.
But Etobicoke General’s transformation story is far from over. In 2018-19, we also reached a major construction milestone on our new four-storey patient tower, paving the way for its June 2019 opening.
The new tower adds 250,000 square feet of space to the hospital. Combined with the EWC, we’re looking at a total of 450,000 square feet of growth to the Etobicoke General campus. That’s huge. What’s more important than the size, however, is the profound impact this new space will have on the way people in our community experience care.
“We’ve taken great care to build spaces that take the needs of both patients and visiting family members into consideration as key partners in the delivery of care. You’ll see evidence of that, in particular, in our new Emergency Department, birthing rooms and neonatal intensive care areas,” says Ann Ford, Vice President, Facility Operations, Redevelopment and IT, and Chief Privacy Officer. “This facility has truly been designed to support innovative care, patient safety and privacy.”
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